Abel’s First Christmas

The Harrison's

Happy Christmas from the Harrison’s and it’s a special one this year as it’s Abel’s first Christmas, however unfortunately he was unlucky enough to pick up a bad cough and cold so he’s been a little under the weather. Still it’s not stopped him completely and he certainly enjoyed all the attention from his Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles and Cousins. :)

Abel very happy walking around

He’s especially happy when either stuffing his little chops or walking around, although I think we prefer walking around with him as it’s definitely less messy than the early weaning stage we’re going through at the moment!

One spoon just isn't enough for eating porridge

Clearly our boy has decided that just one spoon at dinner time isn’t enough and we have to use two, one for him to feed himself and the second for us to shovel new loads of food onto. ;)

Ah, the joys of parenthood…. Happy Christmas from all of us.

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Christmas Weekend

Christmas Abel

Pheebs, Abel and I had our first Christmas open house at the weekend where we invited our friends and family to drop in for a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. We were extremely pleased at the number of folks who dropped in and it was certainly a great way to catch up with everyone. We think this might turn into a regular yearly event but perhaps we’ll make less cakes and biscuits next time otherwise we’ll have too much leftover……

A big thanks to our friends and family who make the effort to attend! :)

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Abel’s first swim

Abel's first swim

Abel had his first swimming lesson today which he appeared to enjoy. He also had his first underwater swim/dunking which didn’t seem to bother him too much. Hopefully he’ll follow his father in enjoying being under the water rather on top of it! :)

First dunking

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Cornwall 2012

Carbis Bay

Pheebs, Abel and I have just spent 2 weeks in Cornwall on holiday which was very pleasant and definitely beat sat at a desk working. We broke the holiday into two parts and the first week we spent exploring the St Ives area and stayed at the Gonwin Manor luxury cottages. We spent the majority of the time visiting the vast number of National Trust properties in the area as we had a family membership which allowed us free entry. Highlights of that week included some interesting walks, talking to some interesting people (it’s amazing how many people want to talk to you when you’ve got a kid!), enjoying a family Jacuzzi (not sure what Abel really thought of that!) and getting to the centre of the maze at Gendurgan!

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From there we then moved up into Deven to Kingbridge near Salcombe and stayed at Lower Coombe Royal which was another self catering apartment, but not first without meeting up with Alex, Emma and little Jasmine for lunch in Tavistock! Highlights of that week included a visit to the National Maritime Museum, wandering around Totnes and getting Abel’s foot prints on some plates (that was interesting!).

It was certainly great to escape from work and spend some time with the family but doesn’t time fly when you’re having fun!

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A Weekend in Rye

The Harrison Clan

Pheebs, Abel and I escaped for a long weekend in Rye near the Harbour but did stop off on-route for a surprise visit to see Jim, Shireen and Veronica which I had no idea about. The cottage itself was very pleasant but in a little bit of a strange location. Still, it was very close to the beach and we did enjoy wandering around the vast empty beach with the sun shinning.

Empty Beach

We also managed to meet up with Ike, Sofie and little Vinnie which was cool as we’d not seem them for a little while.

Ike, Sofie and Vinnie

Glad we managed to have a nice family weekend and meet up with a couple of old friends. We’ll just have to ensure we don’t leave it too long next time.

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Another weekend with the Downers

The Downer Clan

It was that time of year again when Pheeb’s, Abel and I headed off to a holiday cottage with the rest of Pheeb’s family. This time we headed to Waterhouse in the Peek District and stayed in an old house which in a previous life was a former restaurant. It was a fairly relaxing weekend with plenty of walking, good food and a visit to BlackBrook Zoological Park. Abel seemed to enjoy all the attention he got from his Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles and Cousins…. ;)

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Escape to Hay-on-Wye

A bed too big for Abel
Pheebs, Abel and I have just spent a lovely couple of days staying at Hideways in Hay-on-Wye in a converted stable. It was a special weekend not only spending quality family time together but as it was Pheeb’s birthday so we enjoyed a relaxing weekend around Hay (as much as you can with a baby). ;)

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Loft update

Loft

Spent some more time up in the loft in between finishing Abel’s room and finally managed to get the stud work in place ready for putting plasterboard on. At least once that’s done it’ll start to look more like a room. ;)

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Another busy loft and DIY day

Loft

It’s been a long day but I’ve managed to get a fair amount of work done today. I’ve now managed to insulate between the new joists and get half of the loft boards screwed down on top. Just need to lay some lighting cable and install some pipe for the radiator which will be installed once the stud partition wall has been built. Perhaps I’ll get a chance to do this at the weekend but we’ll have to see how things pan out with cabling and plumbing. :)

Abel's room

I also managed to complete painting the ceiling in Abel’s room and got a first coat of paint onto two walls. Hopefully I can complete this in the evenings this week so I can concentrate on making further progress in the loft.

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Joists installed into the loft

Joists installed

So, Rob and Fred came back from C&T Building Services to complete the next stage in our loft conversion. The new 7×3 joists were inserted into existing steels previously installed and now that this is completed I can continue with the rest of the project myself. I would have attempted it myself but life is a little more hectic now that little Abel has arrived. :)

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